More parents are given peace of mind after hearing their children finished their homework thanks to The Youth Center’s After School Program’s “Power Hour,” implemented for the first time this school year.
“We aspire to alleviate the stress parents experience upon coming home and their child still having to do homework,” Youth Center After School Program Director Jay Martz said. “Parents have been requesting it and we delivered.”
Every weekday in the main room and the homework room at The Youth Center, the first 45 minutes are set aside for “Power Hour,” where kids can get their work quietly done while even collaborating with other classmates. The main room is ideal for kids to work on group projects. Kid’s without homework can either spend time reading a book or go outside to play. Incentives and rewards are given kids who complete their homework.
Three staff float around helping the kids with their homework, and kids can get additional help by raising their hands, according to Martz. After “Power Hour” in the homework room kids can get further assistance from a staff member if they need additional time and support. In the homework room, The Youth Center has support resources available including school textbooks, WiFi and printing capabilities, art and other supplies to help them complete their assignments.
“’Power Hour” is a time where staff actively collaborates with kids on their homework problems,” Martz explained. “Many of our staff members are attending college to become teachers so it is a great experience all the way around.”
“Although it has taken some time for the kids to adjust to ‘Power Hour,’ they now seem to appreciate time designated to getting their homework done,” he said. “It will hopefully condition the kids to complete their homework immediately after school and not have to worry about it later on that night.”
For additional academic help outside of “Power Hour,” The Youth Center offers professional one-on-one tutoring for TK-8th grade students through their S.C.H.O.L.A.R.S. program (Supporting Children with Homework or Literacy for Accelerated Results and Success). Fees are $10 per half hour with sessions available Monday thru Friday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Youth Center.
“This one-on-one tutoring helps the kids to overcome any challenges they have at school rapidly,” Youth Center Executive Director Lina Lumme said. “The S.C.H.O.L.A.R.S. program is very flexible, no ongoing commitment is required, and is available to parents only when their children need the support. After launching the S.C.H.O.L.A.R.S. program in September with more than 160 sessions, both parents and children have praised it.”
For more information on either the After School Program’s “Power Hour” or S.C.H.O.L.A.R.S. tutoring program, please call the Youth Center at 562-493-4043 or email Jay Martz at [email protected] The Youth Center is located at 10909 Oak Street in Los Alamitos.
This article was released by The Youth Center.